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Address: 155 N. Grant Street, Independence, CA 93526
Phone Number: 760-878-0258
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Description: The mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret objects...
The mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret objects and information related to the cultural and natural history of Inyo County and the Eastern Sierra, from Death Valley to Mono Lake. The museum's permanent exhibitions include Native American basketry and crafts, Norman Clyde, Water Wars, Manzanar, Mary Austin, farming, ranching, pioneer families, geology, and a rotating special exhibit each year. The Museum also houses about 27,000 historic photographs of the Eastern Sierra region.We also have a museum giftshop.
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Alot of Great Native American Pottery and Baskets

Very well done small museum. They have beautiful baskets woven by the local Paiute/Shoshone tribal members as well as their ancestors. A lot of local history is also explained... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Independence, California, United States
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Independence, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Very well done small museum. They have beautiful baskets woven by the local Paiute/Shoshone tribal members as well as their ancestors. A lot of local history is also explained and the items from days long gone are on display. There is a nice picnic area as well.

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Nokomis, Florida
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49 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We tuned in to the AM channel for Manzanar and it mentioned this museum just ahead so we drove a few more miles and found this small building with LOTS of farm and construction antiques outside. Inside we found a fabulous, detailed, and well-laid out museum. The lady we talked to, Heather, was enthusiastic, informative, and extremely knowledgeable with or... More 

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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This was a very well laid out museum. The number of Indian made baskets is amazing! Beautiful. Clean restrooms. Place to picnic in the shade. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. It is well worth your time to stop. Steeped in Cal. History!

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Truckee, California
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276 reviews 276 reviews
81 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

If you are into early California or western history, this is an amazing museum. Small town, big museum. Fantastic indian basket collection, great photos, lots of interesting stories of early California and the Sieras. Worth an hour stop. free

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Logan, Utah
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48 reviews 48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I visited this museum about 15 years ago and enjoyed it then. It has gotten even better. Excellent exhibits on native peoples and local history. Clean and well appointed. Friendly, interesting, and helpful staff. The curator, Roberta Harlan, is great: both helpful and outgoing. Don't miss it.

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Palm Springs, California, USA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Wonderful historical photographs of Native Americans, plus the most beautifully displayed collection of Native American baskets I've seen. They also have nice gifts, and a good amount of information of other sightseeing destinations in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Some of the most beautiful native baskets I've ever seen! Even if you're not an official history buff, this is a great stop on your way through.

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Riverside, California
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185 attraction reviews
205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This may be a small museum, but they have excellent exhibits both inside and outside. Many old building have been moved to the grounds. Lots of old farm, water and mining equipment. Railroad exhibits too.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This is a potentially fascinating museum. Unfortunately our visit was spoiled by a very loud, youngish female volunteer on the reception who chatted loudly to other staff/ visitors for a great deal of our time there.

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Walnut Creek, California
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18 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The Eastern California Museum is chock full of old pictures, machinery, historical plaques and tomes. We love swinging in here. The docents are incredibly informative and more than happy to go out of their way to answer your questions. Thank goodness the museum knew where the County pet cemetery was!

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